Project I


Project I

Casuarina Senior College, Darwin NT

After witnessing exclusion at school and in the broader community, the students at Casuarina Senior College in Darwin wanted to do something about it. Project I, pronounced ‘project eye’, was created to spread the message of inclusion through street art and the creation of videos that explore what inclusion means to people in their community.

The project started as artworks on canvases within the school, and was taken to the streets of Darwin for the creation of this film. The artworks incorporate hand prints to represent the diverse community and remind people that you cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.


Inspired Citizens

The Inspired Citizens program was established in 2017 by FYA and the Australian of the Year Awards to empower young people across Australia to do great things in their communities. Over 150 students from 12 secondary schools across Australia created projects to address issues they care about in their communities. FYA supported each school with a full day codesign workshop, a $500 grant to get projects off the ground and a teacher toolkit mapped to curriculum.

The results were incredible. Projects ranged from street art in the city of Darwin to promote inclusion, a local radio show addressing mental health issues in the Pilbara, to peer-led workshops with primary school students in Frankston. These short films document just a small amount of the hard work that went into all of these great projects that are still having an impact in communities across Australia.



In 2017, FYA partnered with the Australian of the Year Awards to deliver the Inspired Citizens program. The program aimed to help young people recognise their potential to create and lead positive change in their communities. Who knows, some of these young people might even be future Young Australians of the Year! 

Everyone can have an impact in their own community

Every year, The Australian of the Year Awards recognises the achievements and contributions eminent Australians have, whether it's within their local community or across the globe. They inspire others through their achievements and challenge us all to make contributions towards a better Australia. Visit the Australian of the Year Awards website to find out about more people making a positive impact.